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COPD Not A Major Side Effect Of Marijuana Use

Staff CMM - Friday, August 03, 2012
Conclusions drawn from a nearly 20 year study conducted by government-funded scientists has shown that smoking marijuana – whether for medical use or recreation – does not appear to affect lung function. The new research is said to be one of the largest studies to date on the effects of cannabis and whether long-term use causes pulmonary damage, specifically whether it is as harmful as smoking cigarettes. Researchers worked with over 5,000 people in three cities for a period of 20 years and were able to find that smoking regularly – the equivalent of up to a join per day over seven years – did not impair lung function. However, after a period of ten years, researchers did begin to see a decline in lung function, particularly among those who smoked more than one joint or equivalent per day as well as with those who also smoked cigarettes. Researchers believe that because THC has anti-inflammatory properties, the decrease in lung function among those smoking marijuana may have been staved off to a certain degree.
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